Mindfulness? You what? It’s a term that’s thrown around quite often especially regarding self care. I kinda thought I had an idea what it was but I had no idea on the depth of the term.
I was so excited when I received Ruby Wax’s new book ‘A Mindfulness Guide for the Frazzled.’ I thought the book would just be an account of problems that she herself had faced, due to suffering from depression. OH how I was wrong. It was SO much more.
As soon as I read the blurb I was intrigued. I was hoping this book would help even just a little, as I struggle with coping mechanisms. I absolutely loved the foreword as to be quite honest, I didn’t know too much about Ruby’s personal life. I was instantly hooked as I knew the rest of the book would be so relate able as she describes such a normal life, especially when dealing with depression. I completely agreed with her viewpoint on instead of trying to escape our illness, we need to learn how to live with it.
All through the book she says talks about the things that go through your head when living with a MHI. I have never laughed so much when reading something about living with depression. The lightheartedness certainly helps when talking about such a sensitive topic.
This books also teaches you about mindfulness. This chapter interested me as to be honest, I didn’t actually know much about it. I find it really hard to concentrate on anything so I was intrigued to see if I could find an answer to why I’m like this. I found it really useful. I never knew just how good it is to practice mindfulness every day. And I certainly had no idea it would help making thinking and concentrating easier.
I absolutely loved reading parts of Ruby’s personal story. I always get such a sense of belonging when I read such relatable stories. It helps ensure you that you’re not alone.
The 6 week mindfulness guide that Ruby gives you in the book is extremely beneficial. I’m working my way through the exercises and making mindfulness part of my daily routine.
I’d honestly recommend this book to anyone who wants to focus on awareness, feelings and thoughts. Practising mindfulness has allowed me to take control of certain situations in my head which is helping me a lot. Before reading this book I had no idea what mindfulness even was so yeahhh, it’s worth it.